Association Young European Federalists – Macedonia
The countries in Visegrad and Western Balkan region have a history of having governments constantly "flirting" with authoritarianism which influences on their relation with the European Union. Young European Federalists sections all around Europe unite in the idea of bringing Europe closer to its citizens and creating more democratic and transparent institutions. Strong JEF sections in these countries will encourage young people to think critically and advocate for united and democratic Europe.
Macedonia and Poland, with the possibility to tackle the other Visegrad and WB countries.
Young people should be the driving force in societies and not marginalized. Providing alternative space for young people to discuss and implement ideas for improving the democracy in their countries allows them to explore the opportunities of engaging in political processes in a non-partisan way.
Active and functioning JEF section in at least one country in each region will be successful result of this project. In that way young people will have more opportunities to increase their capacities to act in their local communities with one shared idea and support from a broader JEF network.
First step will be to launch an online campaign to promote the democratic values that JEF sections represent and to mobilize youth in fun and engaging political activities such as debates and advocacy and street actions. The next step is to build the capacities of potential JEF sections in the two regions and to support the establishment of the sections. The final activity will gather young people from existing and new or revitalized JEF sections to create a network for advocating democracy.
Raising nationalism and difficult economic conditions increase the division among young people and their passivity in social and political processes. Working with young people through the years makes this a visible and alarming issue that needs reaction.
The target group of this project are young people 15-29 in the western Balkans and Visegrad regions that are also the final beneficiaries of the project. The idea is to empower them to work for themselves and to create their opportunities. Stakeholders are the national and local governments.
We are open for any kind of comments, constructive criticism including proposals for improvement and better cooperation.